Robin Pizzo

WKAR Director of Education

Robin Pizzo leads the education outreach efforts of WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University, the PBS and NPR affiliate serving Michigan's capital region. Robin convenes partnerships and coordinates station initiatives such as WKAR Family and Ready to Learn to bring workshops, learning tools, and other resources into the community to help kids be resilient, lifelong learners.

Robin joined WKAR in January 2018.

Prior to joining WKAR, she was Director/Student Success Coach at Lansing Community College; before that, she spent many years in the K-12 educational arena in various capacities, including teaching.

Robin Pizzo has a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Wayne State University and a Master's degree in Education from Marygrove College.
 

updated 11/2/18

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

Supporting cultural competence is a wonderful aspect of embracing diversity, empathy and inclusion. 

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop 

I love this question because I love that WKAR’s programming emphasizes high-quality content with shows from PBS KIDS, NOVA, and even Sesame Street.  Each promote the benefits of co-viewing defined as parent and child viewing multi-media together.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

Okay, in full disclosure -- this is my own question. I asked it to force myself to reflect on what I'm feeling and relate to what I am hearing from other parents. When lack of planning angst feels overwhelming, take a deep breath and focus on what you can plan.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

Absolutely. Writing is just as important and should occur simultaneously with reading development. There is no competition here.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

PreK through third graders love learning, which means you can't go wrong when it comes to high-interest engagement with most subject areas. However, here are my top 3 topics that always bring children back for more exploration and information.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

Talk, talk, talk! Communication Skills can be developed by talking even when your children are too young to talk back.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

Reading the appropriate book level is important aspect of developing proficient, independent readers. One of the simplest ways to know if a book is "just right" at any age level is by using the 5 Finger Rule. 

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

A: To keep learning simple and easy, model wonderment of the world around us.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

A: This is a loaded question and could take a dissertation to answer effectively. Therefore, let's focus on the number one request I receive from teachers regarding school readiness. Teachers often request support with social emotional development skills. These skills include self-regulation, cooperation and effective communication.

From Mrs. Pizzo's Workshop

A: It is appropriate to take a rest from the structure of schooling or (in today's normal) at-home-learning but remember children are ALWAYS learning.

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